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Mike Faught

Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2012 12:00 am

The Delta: On the Sacramento River, sturgeon fishing is on a mediocre bite this week due to the weather last weekend. Those being caught are coming from the Power Lines, Light 48 and up in the Cache and Prospect Sloughs, using shrimp baits and eel if you can find any.

Trolling for stripers in the West Bank, the Old Dairy, and up from the Rio Vista Bridge to Island, is showing some success using shallow running Yo-Zuris and Bombers. Most fish caught are small males from 5-9 pounds.

Bait fishing for stripers is also slower due to the run off of the recent storm, but water should start clearing up. Shad, pile worms and sardines are the choices of bait, fishing Sherman Island, Decker Island and the Rio Vista Bridge area.

Bass anglers are throwing frogs, Rattletraps, crank baits, spinner baits, Senkos and Brush Hogs. The hot bite has been inside of Sherman Lake.

On the San Joaquin River, trollers are concentrating in the areas of Peacock, San Andreas and Santa Clara Shoals, and the Sounding Board, trolling deep-diving Rebels, Bombers and Yo-Zuries. Some trollers are using spreaders and jigs.

Bait fishermen have been fishing from the mouth of the Mokelumne to Three-Mile Slough. Fish are running eight pounds and up, using shad and sardines in the areas of Antioch Bridge to San Andreas Shoals. There are a lot of shakers being caught as well.

Bass fishermen are throwing spinner baits, red colored Crank Baits, Robo Worms and frogs.

Micke Grove Lake: Young Cole Hinkle caught his limit of trout, with the biggest being 3 pounds, 8 ounces.

Pardee: Kokanee and trout up to 21 inches are being caught, trolling with Uncle Larry’s lures, Mag Tackle spinners, and Rapalas in F5 & F7’s in the mouth of the river on up.

Bank fishermen are using Berkley PowerBait in Garlic flavored Salmon Peach and Berkley Mice Tails and Power Eggs.

Don Pedro: Trollers are catching king salmon from 16 inches and up to 5 pounds. They’re rolling shad, using Ex-Cel Lures and Needlefish at 60-90 feet in the dam area to Middle Bay.

Best depth for trout is 20-25 feet, using your favorite trout lures, Needlefish and Kastmasters.

Kokanee are starting to show up in the dam area and Jenkins Hill in the top 20 feet, using Micro-hoochies behind Sling blades or Vance’s Dodgers.

Spotted bass and large mouth are best using drop shot and plastics.

Lake Camanche: The Kokanee Power Derby had a wet day on the choppy waters, but the winner came in total of 13 pounds, including a 9.5-pound trout.

Trollers are pulling Grubs, Rapalas and ExCel lures, Needlefish and Apexes. Some anglers are using downriggers to 15-22’ for good results.

Bank fishing in the lake and at the Southshore Pond is working well on Berkley PowerBait and Power Eggs in any Garlic scented colors.

Bass fishermen is improving with the fish moving into the 10-15 feet depth range.

New Melones: Trolling for trout slowed down this past week. The area that did produce was the spillway, Peoria Cove and Black Bear. Best depths were 15-20 feet, using Rapalas F7s and F9s, Needlefish, Rocky Moutain Spoons and Apexes.

Kokanee fishing is starting to pick up earlier than expected in the Highway 49 Bridge, Carson Cove, spillway and Rose Island areas, trolling with Uncle Larry’s lures, Mr. Kokanee, Mag Tackle, and Spinners behind your favorite Dodger. Best depth is 12-18 feet. They are also using Vance’s Sockeye Slammers, Needlefish in size No. 1 in Silver and Red patterns, and Fire Tiger.

Bait fishing is starting to slow down due to the fish going to deeper levels. Glory Hole Point and Angels Cove are the better areas to fish.


Glory Hole Bait & Tackle at New Melones is having its seminar at the store on April 14, with all of the local guides.

The Kids Matter Second Annual Fishing Derby is on May 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Weber Point. For Information, call Herman: 209-898-2820.

Local fisherman Mike Faught is the owner of Fisherman’s Friend in Lodi. To view the Fisherman’s Friend website go to